Program Associate, Large Scale Food Fortification (LSFF)

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
From BDT 1,138,284 – BDT 1,302,300 per annum, depending on experience.
Contract Type
Fixed Term
36 Months

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Program Associate, Large Scale Food Fortification (LSFF) to support the quality implementation, management and successful delivery of projects under LSFF portfolio with a special focus on Fortification of Edible Oil and Salt in Bangladesh. This role will be offered on fixed-term contract of up to 3 years’, subject to availability of funding. You will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people. In particular, we aim to make healthier food choices more desirable, more available, and more affordable. GAIN’s mission is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

About the Role

The Large-Scale Food Fortification (LSFF) program focuses on digitizing/automating various manual aspects of fortification processes in edible oil production and monitoring by government agencies to make data collection and information on fortification quality more efficient and accessible.

Reporting to the Project Manager, Food Fortification, LSFF, the Program Associate, LSFF will contribute to developing the performance of the program against KPIs with critical analysis of data, findings from the field, MIS and provide technical support to GAIN and program partners. You will be responsible for driving the project implementation, quality monitoring and reporting of the Digitization of Fortification Quality and Strengthening Enabling Environment (DFQS) under Large Scale Food Fortification Program (LSFF)

You will assist in developing concepts, proposals and exploring new programmatic areas based on learning from the projects and will be actively involved in QUAD for respective workstreams and provide updates on project implementation. This role will be mainly based in Dhaka with frequent travelling (> 30%) across the country.

Key Responsibilities include;

  • Assisting in the development of detailed implementation plan for digitization activities, and developing cooperation agreements with implementation partners, research and evaluation agencies, and other stakeholders
  • Working closely with strategic partners, alliance partners and other relevant organisations in the LSFF space on the successful implementation of the program, supporting with the implementation of day-to-day activities of the existing edible oil fortification project
  • Coordinating and organising small to medium events and in supporting the Portfolio Lead and Project Managers to organise national level events
  • Assisting in the producers’ regular coordination and collaboration for requirement analysis, specifications, development, and testing during the pilot implementation and in the scale-up of the project
  • Ensuring monitoring tools are properly used, tracking progress and making recommendations to the Portfolio Lead and Project Managers to ensure the quality implementation of the program
  • Supporting the preparation and presentation of high-quality analysis and research to support the Initiative in determining future strategic priorities and setting operational plans
  • Visiting fields as necessary to ensure that project progress is on track and assist in designing and implement risk mitigation plans if required

About You

The ideal candidate should have strong experience of working in the field of the development sector and food industries particularly in edible oil refineries. You should have proven experience in supporting with projects in a multi-cultural environment in nutrition, food system and food fortification and experience on project implementation and management, preferably promoting nutrition/for-profit business activities.

The postholder should have excellent command of written and spoken English and Bangla and a proven ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment. You should have the ability to prioritize, multi-task and work well under pressure with deadlines as well as being highly flexible and willing to travel to field sites frequently.

You should have experience in using data analysis software, tracking indicators, developing and/or strengthening MIS and quality reporting. Candidate should have education background in Business Administration, Food Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, Management in Information System or related fields.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from BDT 1,138,284 – BDT 1,302,300 per annum, depending on experience.

GAIN has a fair and competitive salary structure that allows for annual progression subject to good performance. In addition, GAIN offers a total of 37 days holiday per year (including annual leave, public holidays and additional office closure days), an attractive pension scheme and competitive insurance cover including health, travel and life assurance.

We are committed to the health of our staff, especially in these challenging times, and have developed a programme of wellbeing that includes flexible working, additional leave allowances, wellbeing days, mindfulness coaching and access to independent and confidential counselling.

GAIN also has a strong commitment to professional development. We will support you to grow in your career through both formal and informal training, and are committed to providing opportunities through internal recruitment, secondments and promotion. All of this is delivered in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Our Working Culture and Environment

We provide a flexible working environment that includes a combination of home and office working opportunities through our global hybrid working policy. This encourages our staff to have a healthy work-life balance and increases staff motivation, enriches employee wellbeing, and improves performance and productivity.

All of our positions are based in one or more of GAIN’s designated offices as stated on our job advertisements. Successful candidates will be based in one of GAIN’s country offices and must have the existing right to live and work within a reasonably commutable distance of the relevant city / cities in which the role is advertised. Please note, that GAIN does not sponsor working visas and relocations. 

GAIN reserves the right to withdraw an offer of employment for candidates who are considered to ineligible under the above conditions during or after the recruitment process.

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

Applicants must be currently based in the Dhaka, Bangladesh region to be eligible to apply for this position.

This advert closes on 16th September 2022. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is committed to equality of opportunity and creating an inclusive environment where diversity is valued.  We are keen to reflect the diversity of our society at every level within our organisation and therefore welcome applications from talented and committed people from all backgrounds, representing the diverse societies we operate in.

Closing Date
16 September 2022